Kenya is currently grappling with the increased cases of malaria infections amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The cases are rising in Nyanza, Rift Valley, and Western regions, with Kisumu county being the worst-hit area. The escalation of cases in several parts of Kenya’s lake city is attributed to heavy rains and the rising water levels in Lake Victoria.
Another worst-hit region in the western part of the country. Health official Antony Walela disclosed that public health facilities in the area had recorded over 50,000 cases in the last three months, up from 30,000.
“The upsurge is worrying. In May alone public hospitals recorded more than 50,000 cases and the figures continue to rise,” said Walela.
Besides, parts of Kerio Valley in Rift Valley have recorded 300 cases of malaria in the past one week.
As a result of an influx of patients, there has been an overstretch in health facilities. Hospitals have also reported a shortage of antimalarial medicines.
“We have antimalarial medicines to treat the disease but if we don’t receive another consignment we might run short of supplies,” said Kisumu County Director of Health Fredrick Oluoch.
The government has been urged to supply mosquito nets to Kenyans.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.